Crouching Lion is a short scramble of a hike with stunning views of Kahana Bay and Kaaawa. Technically, you could extend the hike by continuing up the steep, baren ridgeline towards the summit where it intersects with the Manamana Trail. That trail branches in two directions, but both options are along knife-edge ridges and not exactly family-friendly.
If you want to make a day of it, start (or end) with a visit to Kahana Bay. The beach is quiet and a little rustic. There are often tree swings and small waves to play in so bring a board or kayak and enjoy. Bonus for perfect hammock trees. If you get hungry, pick up lunch at the Waiahole Poi Factory
The hike itself is narrow, steep and a bit slippery. There are ropes to aid you along the way, but it would be a tricky hike in the rain. Bring shoes with grip and be ready to sweat.
Mila’s no grip shoes made it so slippery she decided to slide most of the way back down on her butt. Although, she thought that was the best part of the hike and declared it the “best hike ever”. So maybe don’t bring good shoes?
If you have a fear of heights, it may not be your favorite hike but the views are worth it. Micah’s 4th-grade class focused on the ahupua’a system and his ahupua’a to study and present was Ka’a’awa. He forged ahead despite his fear of heights and proudly told us everything he knew.